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Zurich Municipal on why it's disappointed

Zurich Municipal on why it's disappointed | Insurance Business

Zurich Municipal on why it

The government has now responded to the recommendations set out by the Housing, Communities & Local Government Select Committee report on modern methods of construction (MMC), and insurer Zurich Municipal isn’t entirely pleased.

“We welcome the government’s response to the Select Committee’s report on MMC which provides welcome clarity on how they will seek to facilitate the use of MMC to address the housing crisis,” said Zurich Municipal housing head Allison Whittington in a statement sent to Insurance Business.

“In particular, we are encouraged that the government has acknowledged the merits of the need for up-to-date information about the design, construction, and ongoing maintenance of residential building safety. Zurich has repeatedly advocated the need for a central register and we look forward to working closely with the government to ensure that the necessary digital tools and systems are fit for purpose.”

However, Zurich Municipal is of the view that the government – which, the insurer highlighted, has rejected a number of the 21 recommendations outlined by the inquiry – was not successful in making meaningful reference to managing the risks associated with the increased use of MMC.

Whittington asserted: “It is disappointing that the government has failed to acknowledge the risks that can be experienced when implementing MMC, particularly issues relating to the durability of developments and the increased risk of larger-scale flood, escape of water, and fire damage.

“Tangible plans to explore these risks in greater detail are essential to ensure that building regulations are updated and that new buildings built using MMC are truly fit for purpose, are resilient, and are ultimately safe.”

The government’s 19-page response is available online.